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Bayer CropScience and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Expand Rice Science Collaboration

Summary posted by Meridian on 12/14/2009

Source: Bayer

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Bayer CropScience and the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have signed an agreement to establish a Scientific Know-how and Exchange Program (SKEP) aimed at "strengthening" rice productivity. The SKEP program includes the following activities: 1) Bayer will join a wide international effort that seeks to capture the genetic diversity of rice by establishing a new in-depth dataset of rice genome information for more than 2,000 different rice varieties and wild species; 2) Bayer and IRRI will develop tools to rapidly and reliably detect the presence on rice seeds of bacterial blight, a major disease in many Asian rice-growing countries; and 3) greenhouse gas emissions in rice fields will be measured, following a switch from transplanted rice to direct-seeded and water-saving irrigation. The SKEP program will allow Bayer and IRRI to extend their current scientific collaboration activities. The press release can be viewed online at the link below.

The original article may still be available at http://www.bayercropscience.com/bcsweb/cropprotection.nsf/id/EN_20091204?open&l=EN&ccm=500020

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